30 years' experience in the Fire industry
At Catalyst we believe in delivering the highest quality service and we are committed to assisting our clients in negotiating through the maze of fire safety legislation. We aim to help our clients in meeting the requirements of the Building Safety Bill and other associated guidance.
We are a group of like-minded risk management professionals, with over 30 years’ experience in the fire industry, who believe in providing innovative services solutions using technology wherever possible to ease the burden on our clients.
We focus on a two-tiered approach:
- Getting it right first time at site level by choosing the correct consultant with the best level of knowledge and experience to deliver a service, which meets all the requirements laid down in PAS79 and the latest government guidance.
- Delivering meaningful management information at corporate level to enable organisations to monitor compliance, make decisions and target resources where they are needed.
Fire Safety Services
Fire Risk Assessment
The requirement for organisations to complete a suitable and sufficient fire risk assessment is contained in The Regulatory Reform (Fire Safety) Order 2005. This applies to all employers and occupiers for the areas and activities under their control, as well as to both commercial and residential landlords.
The fire risk assessment will be completed in accordance with the standard specified in PAS79 and the sector specific guidance contained in the relevant government guide.
More information is contained within our Fire Safety Specification.
Residential Fire Risk Assessment
There are currently four different types of fire risk assessment, however we concentrate on two types.
Type 1 – Fire Risk Assessment – This is a non-intrusive assessment of common areas and other areas under the landlord’s control and would be appropriate for most purpose build blocks of flats. Where there are compartmentation or firestopping issues then a more intrusive assessment will be needed. Risers, void spaces and loft spaces will be included in the assessment, as well as a cross section of flat entrance doors. An initial decision will also be made as to whether a PS 9980 Fire Risk Appraisal of the external wall is need.
Type 4 – Fire Risk Assessment – Also known as a Passive Survey, this is a destructive assessment of both common parts and flats which would normally be reserved for properties where there are deficiencies in compartmentation or fire stopping, or the history of construction work is unknown and/or where the structural protection may not support a stay put policy. This type of assessment would not specifically include external wall systems, and further investigation inspection of these may be needed.
A fire strategy should be available for any property which is constructed or extended. The strategy aims to provide an overview of the building design and any fire engineering decisions made. This strategy should be completed during construction; however it may require updating if there are significant changes to the design or operation of the building. See separate specification for more details.
Fire Engineering Design
We offer a service for the review and evaluation of development and alteration plans by qualified fire engineers. This can include site meetings and regular site inspections as appropriate.
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Health & Safety
High level auditing and progress review, policy development, project management, accident prevention, mentoring and expert witness work in addition to the standard health and safety related risk assessment and compliance programmes.
Asbestos Management Surveys
Legionella risk assessments, reviews of control measures and investigations.